Clumsy US Policy in Asia Pacific to Aggravate Sino-American Relations

Saturday, June 13, 2015
By Paul Martin

America’s instinct to contain any fast-growing rival for global influence may do a disservice to Washington, especially in the context of growing tensions between China and the United States, writer and China analyst Rebecca Liao warned.

Washington’s responses to the recently aggravated territorial disputes in the South China Sea as well as to the rapid growth of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) echo Cold War-era rhetoric, noted Rebecca Liao, a Silicon Valley-based writer and China analyst.

“Alas, our clumsy statecraft these last few months in the Asia-Pacific betrays a deeply antiquated and dangerous misunderstanding of the Middle Kingdom and how to deal with its growing influence. Despite its protestations otherwise, the United States has been clearly trying to establish boundaries on China’s power in the Asia-Pacific [region]. For ‘the world today,’ that approach encourages aggression with few benefits,” the analyst underscores.

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